In my vase this week I have used some Ribes; Flowering Currant, which I have brought into flower in the warmth of the house. There is a variety called ‘White Icicles’ which has pure white flowers, but this is not actually that one, so the title is misleading. If you force pink Flowering Currant into flower in the house, it will always produce white flowers like these. Some people don’t like the smell and so won’t bring it into the house. I quite like it. I have mentioned before that for me, Ribes is like Proust’s madeleine; it takes me straight back to my childhood, in the way that only a smell can do.
I also brought Forsythia into the house to open up early. There are a few hazel catkins and one spray of Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’. This lovely shrub has been in bloom for ages.
I picked a spray of Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ for scent. This lovely shrub is covered in flowers unlike the sparse blooms of the more commonly seen, winter flowering Lonicera fragrantissima.
I finished of with a couple of hellebores. I know they tend to flop in a vase but never mind, they look very nice at the moment.
Thank you Cathy, for hosting this meme where more and more people are prowling round their gardens looking for lovely treasures to put ‘In a Vase on Monday’. Do go over to ramblinginthegarden and have a look.